Major Roatan Attractions - Dare
Not to Miss!
There has been a recent buzz about Roatan
becoming Caribbean "IT" hub in the coming years. This is no surprise indeed
as Roatan houses almost everything that can rank it as one of the most
amazing tourist destinations in the world.
This Honduras Bay Island stands proudly on
the world's second largest barrier reef. Sugar-white beaches, clear
turquoise water, shores lined with coconut trees, but above all- a placid
calm. Roatan is famous for scuba-diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, and
sea kayaking. These different activities make your Roatan exploration trip
even more exciting.
So while you prepare to undertake the Roatan
Island Tour, make sure you visit the following:
Ship-wrecks at Dixon Cole:
The East End showcases two ship-wrecks close to the shore at Dixon Cole.
You can also play with the iguanas at the Archs Iguana Farm, just a
short drive from the French Harbor.
The Rain Forest:
Get close to nature by choosing a canopy tour in the lush tropical rain
forest of Roatan. The forest is replete with wild parrots and monkeys.
Gliding on zip lines is a great thrilling way to ride through the forest
amongst the trees.
The West End:
This area houses the luxury residential community of Lawson Rock and the
beachfront town of West End- ideal for shopping and swimming. Besides,
do not forget to ride on the Coral Reef Explorer to get a glimpse of the
pristine beauty of barrier reef formations.
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences: This place is a
must-visit as you get the opportunity to play with dolphins as per the
Dolphin Encounter Programs endorsed by the Roatan Institute for Marine
Sciences. The white-sand island of Bailey Key can be literally termed as
the 'school of dolphins'
The Half Moon Bay Beach:
This beautiful beach provides excellent facilities for swimming,
sun-bathing, snorkeling, and tasting the delightful cuisine of the
This village in Roatan presents a unique mix of cultural heritage and
traditions nurtured by the Garifuna people. Visiting the place will
awaken Roatan's unmatchable history. A halt at the Oak Ridge will make
way for an encounter with inhabitants of English descent.
The hike to the top for a fantastic view in the Carambola Gardens and
beholding the flora and fauna in the Gumbalimba Park cannot be done away
For more detailed information on Roatan
Island Tour, you can consult your hotel or even rental agencies. Renting a
car or scooter is a great way to explore the island. You also have the
Roatan motorcycle rentals - to drive smoothly along the entire stretch
of Roatan and have the experience of a lifetime!
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Roatan Island Tour
on Roatan and the Honduras Bay Islands
your idea of a tropical paradise? Perhaps it includes palm trees, sandy
white beaches and crystal blue water. What if it had no crowds and featured
some of the world's best scuba diving as well? That pretty well describes
the Honduras Bay Islands.
Located in the western Caribbean off the coasts of Honduras and Belize, the
Bay Islands are one of the few unspoiled tropical paradises left on earth.
They consist of the islands of Roatan, Utila, Guanaja and over 60 islets
sitting atop the world's second largest barrier reef.
Discovered by Columbus in 1502, the islands were long a refuge for pirates
like Henry Morgan. Today they feature a laid-back lifestyle, a friendly
English-speaking population, and a great vacation opportunity for divers and
Diving & Snorkeling
Bay Islands have become one of the Caribbean's top dive destinations because
of their large reef system and great variety of corals and sponges. The
water features good visibility, little current and over 800 species of fish.
Diving depths vary from reefs in 15 feet of water to sea mounds that slope
down 200 feet.
the largest of the Bay Islands, is about 42 miles long and 2 miles wide.
Both Roatan's northern reef and southern fringing reef boast around 40 dive
sites each, offering spots for both novice and experienced divers that are
characterized by plummeting walls, crevices and caverns.
features a number of excellent shore diving sites, including the famous
Spooky Channel. An ancient streambed forming a cut through the reef, Spooky
Channel can be reached from the pier Bay Islands Beach Resort. While
snorkelers can explore the 8-foot crack at the top of the reef, divers can
swim through shafts of light in the much wider interior of the channel.
smaller island of Utila has gained a reputation as a great place for
beginning divers. It offers the least expensive dive certification courses
on the planet, and has become something of a Mecca for low-budget travelers.
Competition between over a dozen small dive shops has brought prices down to
between $125 - $150 for an open water certification course or an advanced
Recently it has been discovered that Utila is also one of the best places in
the world to see whale sharks, the world's largest fish (don't worry,
they're harmless). March, April and May are the best months to see these
giants. Other spots offer the opportunity to dive and swim with the
scuba diving is the main attraction, there is much more to see and do on the
Non-divers can get a close look at the coral reefs with the C-BUG mini-sub.
Located on Roatan's West End, this two-person submarine will take you down
as far 700 ft. below the surface.
Families will love the Tropical Treasures Bird Park on Roatan. The park
contains one of the most extensive collection parrot species in Central
America. Carambola Gardens offers a relaxing stroll through a diverse
collection of flowering plants, ferns, fruit trees and orchids. Kids will
love Roatan's Iguana Farm, where the over-hunted green iguanas that laze
companies also offer sea kayaking from Roatan's West End, another way to
experience the beautiful coastline. From half-day rentals to one, two or
6-day tours, sea kayaks offer the most adventurous way to get around to the
island's best snorkeling spots.
Continental Airlines flies directly from Houston to Roatan. The airline also
flies from Newark (New York) to San Pedro Sula on the Honduran mainland,
with a connection to Roatan. You can also fly either American Airlines or
Continental Airlines via Belize City to San Pedro Sula and catch a
connection to Roatan.
TACA Airlines, the low fare Latin American carrier, flies directly to Roatan
from both Miami and Houston. The airline also flies from Los Angeles, New
Orleans and San Francisco, with connecting flights to Roatan. Sol Air is a
new airline that has recently launched and flies direct to Roatan from Miami
Bay Islands Tourism web site has a very useful schedule of national flights
on the islands you can get to any destination with inexpensive taxis, bus
service and water taxis.
islands feature a number of dive resorts, including Anthony's Key Resort on
Roatan's north shore and the Coco View Resort on the islands south shore.
Most are designed to blend in with the island environment, and none are
built higher than the tallest palm tree.
a central reservations and booking service specific to the islands can help
you with accommodations.
Brown is the Office Manager for
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[http://www.roatanrealty.com/info_detail.asp?id=6] and Guanaja. The company
offers comprehensive listings of local properties and organizes real estate
investor tours of the islands.
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Honduras by visiting our other